Friday, March 31, 2017

Government to announce revised allowances as per 7th Pay Commission in April

Central government employees may be in for some good news this April as revised allowances including house rent allowance (HRA) are likely to be announced after April 12, when the ongoing Budget session of Parliament gets over.

Central government employees may be in for some good news this April as revised allowances including house rent allowance (HRA) are likely to be announced after April 12, when the ongoing Budget session of Parliament gets over, reports The Financial Express.

The panel, headed by the Finance Secretary, will hold its final meeting very soon and is on the verge of giving final touches to the allowances which have been reworked in accordance with the 7th Pay Panel’s recommendations.

The panel meeting which took place on Wednesday to mull over the subject lasted for more than three hours. It seems employees in metro cities are in for a bigger cheer as sources suggest that the panel was considering to make HRA a little more generous than the CPC’s award.

The panel was mulling HRA of 30 percent of basic pay for employees in cities with a population of over 5 million, against 24 percent recommended by CPC. HRA stood at 30 percent for these cities in Sixth CPC award period (2006-2015). Accounting for more than 60 percent of the total bill, HRA forms the largest chunk in the pie.

Assuming Rs 7,600 crore will be borne by the railways and with Rs 4,500 crore additional allocation in the Budget the exchequer will fall short by Rs 15,000 crore in 2017-18 to fulfil this added responsibility. “This additional requirement could be met largely from allocations made to various departments for the year,” another source told FE. The size of the Union Budget for the next fiscal year is pegged at Rs 21.47 lakh crore.

While the formation of the secretary panel drew a lot of flak from many government employees who cited the same as delaying tactic, the consequential delay in the implementation has saved the government crores on additional costs towards implementation in 2016-17. The same was redeployed by the government into various programmes to give them a spending boost of Rs 36,000 crore.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Revise the 7cpc Allowances and Fitment Formula - NCJCM to Cabinet Secretary

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No.NC/JCM/2017

Dated: March 29, 2017

The Cabinet Secretary,
Government of India,
Cabinet Secretariat,
Rashtrapati Bhawan,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Grievances of the Central Government Employees

Owing to serious discontentment on various retrograde recommendations of the VII CPC, there had been countrywide resentment among the Central Government Employees, and the Staff Side(JCM), under the aegis of the NJCA, had decided for an “Indefinite Countrywide Strike”, commencing from 6th July, 2016, which was deferred after negotiations with the GoMs, comprising of Hon’ble Minister for Home Affairs, Finance Minister, Railway Minister and State Minister for Railways, held on 30.06.2016, wherein it was assured that, demands of the Central Government Employees, viz. improvement in Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula, Rates of Allowances, Guaranteed Pension/Family Pension in lieu of NPS etc. would be resolved within a fixed time frame of four months, for which committees were constituted by the Government of India.

While substantial delay took place in setting-up of various committees itself, however, it is a matter of deep concern that, the committees have not yet finalized their reports despite lapse of more than eight months time.

The Staff Side had, at the very outset, opposed setting-up of Committee on Allowances, demanding upward revision and restoration of certain allowances which were recommended to be abolished by the 7th CPC, nevertheless, the government on the contrary constituted the said committee.

It may be recalled that, it has been an established convention in the past also that, payment of the revised rates of the allowances is done w.e.f. the date of implementation of the report of the Central Pay Commission, but this time, unlike previous occasion, the Central Government Employees are still being paid House Rent Allowance, Transport Allowance etc. on the pre-revised rates.

It was being expected that, Committee on Allowances would complete its proceedings within the fixed timeframe and the CGEs would be paid allowances on the revised rates w.e.f. the date of implementation of the 7th CPC report, but unfortunately, it is being delayed inordinately, owing to which there is serious resentment brewing among the CGEs.

While Committee on Allowances also met on the previous day, i.e. 28.03.2017, and we were expected that it would finalize its recommendations in the said meeting, but on enquiring we have been made to understand that, the issue of revision of rates of HRA was even not discussed in the said meeting.

We, therefore, take this opportunity to apprise you that, unjustified and inordinate delay in finalizing the reports of the committees is not only breach of the assurance given to the Staff Side by the GoMs, but also creating an uncongenial atmosphere among the CGEs.

It would, therefore, be quite appropriate that, the issue may be considered with all seriousness as per assurance given to the Staff Side, and revision of the rates of the allowances, NPS, Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula and Pension/Family Pension, along with restoration of certain allowances abolished by the 7th CPC, be finalized without further loss of time in the larger interest of industrial harmony in the country.

With Kind Regards!

Your Faithfully
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary

Source : http://ncjcmstaffside.com/2017/grievances-of-the-central-government-employees-secy-staff-side-writes-to-cabinet-secretary/

Meeting of Committee on 7 cpc Allowances held today remained inconclusive

Meeting of Committee on Allowances took place on 28th March, 2017, discussion on Allowances remained inconclusive. Issue of House Rent Allowance didn’t come up during meeting

I met Cabinet Secretary/GOI & urged him for early resolution of pending demands of Railwaymen that includes NPS, early disbursal of Allowances of 7th Pay Commission, Increase in Minimum wages and fitment formula. Issue of MACP was also discussed and removal of the provision of benchmark ‘Very Good’ for MACP…..

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No.AIRF/24(C)

Dated: March 28, 2017

The General Secretaries,

All Affiliated Unions,
Dear Comrades!

Sub: Meeting of Committee on Allowances held today remained inconclusive

Meeting of Committee on Allowances took place on 28th March, 2017, discussion on Allowances remained inconclusive. Issue of House Rent Allowance didn’t come up during meeting.

I met Cabinet Secretary/GOI & urged him for early resolution of pending demands of Railwaymen that includes NPS, early disbursal of Allowances of 7th Pay Commission, Increase in Minimum wages and fitment formula. Issue of MACP was also discussed and removal of the provision of benchmark ‘Very Good’ for MACP, which has been recommended from ‘Good’ to ‘Very Good’ by the 7th Pay Commission, has also been demanded. Though Cabinet Secretary has given positive assurance on our demands yet we need our rank and file to be prepared for persistent struggle.

With Good Wishes!

Yours Faithfully

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary

Source : http://www.airfindia.org/2017/03/28/meeting-of-committee-on-allowances-held-on-28th-march-2017-remained-inconclusive/

Allowance Committee can remove Anomalies in 7th CPC Pay Scales ?

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE

RAJYA SABHA
STARRED QUESTION No. 2986

TO BE ANSWERED ON TUESDAY, THE 28th MARCH, 2017
CHAITRA 7, 1939 (SAKA)

ALLOWANCE OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES

2986. SHRI A. VIJAYAKUMAR
SHRI RAM KUMAR KASHYAP:

Will the Minister of Finance be pleased to state:

(a) Whether Government has formed a Committee for taking decision about the allowances to the Central Government employees and removal of anomalies in their pay scales announced by the Seventh Pay Commission;

(b) if so, whether the Committee has submitted its report;

(c) if so, the main features thereof and if not, the reasons for delay in submission of report;
and

(d) the time by which recommendations of Seventh Pay Commission regarding the allowances are proposed to be implemented?
ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(SHRI SANTOSH KUMAR GANGWAR)

(a) to (d): The Committee on allowances has been constituted vide order dated 22.07.2016 to examine and make recommendations as to whether any changes in the recommendations of the 7th CPC relating to allowances are warranted and if so, in what form. A separate anomaly committee at National Level has also been set up, vide O.M. dated 09.09.2016, to settle the anomalies arising out of the implementation of the 7th CPC recommendations.

The National Anomaly Committee has made recommendations on the calculation methodology of the Disability Pension for Defence forces personnel. The Committee on allowances has received a large number of demands on allowances and even now receiving such demands. All the demands have been diligently examined. The Committee has already held 13 meeting so far and interacted with the representatives of Central Nodal Ministries, National Council (Staff Side), Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) and officers and representatives of employee associations of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Home Affairs, Railways, Defence and Department of Posts. The Committee is now in the process of finalizing its Report. Decisions on implementing the Report will be taken after the Report is submitted by the Committee.

Source:RAJYA SABHA

Income Tax Exemption to National Pension System

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
RAJYA SABHA

STARRED QUESTION No. *285
TO BE ANSWERED ON TUESDAY, THE 28th MARCH, 2017
7, CHAITRA, 1939 (SAKA)


TAX EXEMPTION TO NATIONAL PENSION SYSTEM

*285. SHRI N. GOKULAKRISHNAN:

Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:

(a) whether it is a fact that the maturity amount of the National Pension System has no tax benefits like Public Provident Fund (PPF) and Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF);
(b) if so, the details thereof;
(c) whether Government has received any representation requesting to provide tax exemption to NPS at par with PPF and EPF; and
(d) if so, the stand of Government in this regard?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF FINANCE
(SHRI ARUN JAITLEY)

(a)to (d):- A Statement is laid on the Table of the House.

Statement referred to in reply to parts (a) to (d) of Rajya Sabha Starred Question No.*285 for 28th March, 2017 by Shri N. Gokulakrishnan, MP reg. Tax Exemption to National Pension System.

(a)&(b) Prior to Finance Act, 2016, National Pension System (NPS) referred to in section 80CCD was Exempt, Exempt and Tax (EET) i.e., the monthly/periodic contributions during the pension accumulation phase were allowed as deduction from income for tax purposes; the returns generated on these contributions during the accumulation phase were also exempt from tax; however, the terminal benefits on exit or superannuation, in the form of lump sum withdrawals, were taxable in the hands of the individual subscriber or his nominee in the year of receipt of such amounts unlike PPF and EPF which have been enjoying EEE regime i.e. Exempt, Exempt, Exempt.

Vide Finance Act, 2016, section 10 of the Income-tax Act was amended to provide that any payment from National Pension System Trust to an employee on account of closure or his opting out of the NPS shall be exempt from tax, to the extent it does not exceed forty percent of the total amount payable to him at the time of closure or his opting out of the scheme. Further, Section 80CCD was also amended by Finance Act, 2016 to provide that the whole amount received by the nominee of NPS subscriber on his death shall be exempt from tax.

Further, vide Finance Bill,2017 as passed by the Lok Sabha on 22.03.2017, it has been proposed to exempt partial withdrawals by employees from their NPS accounts in accordance with the guidelines prescribed under Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Act,2013.

Furthermore, it has also been proposed in the Bill to amend section 80CCD of the I.T.Act,1961 so as to increase the upper limit of deduction for contribution into NPS from ten per cent of gross total income to twenty per cent in case of individual other than employee. (c) &(d) Yes, Madam, the Government has received such representations in the past and the stand of Government was reflected in the amendments made in Income-tax Act vide Finance
Act,2016 and Finance Bill 2017 as discussed above.

Source: RAJYA SABHA

Whether full fares charged under dynamic scheme of Railways is reimbursable under Leave Travel Concession (LTC) for Central Government officials.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL,PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
RAJYA SABHA

QUESTION NO 2496
ANSWERED ON 23.03.2017

Reimbursement of LTC fares

2496 Shri Neeraj Shekhar

Will the Minister of PERSONNEL,PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS be pleased to satate :-
(a) whether full fares charged under dynamic scheme of Railways is reimbursable under Leave Travel Concession (LTC) for Central Government officials;

(b) if so, the details thereof;

(c) if not, the reasons and rationale for denying the actual fares being paid to Railways by Government employees; and

(d) the details of notifications/rules as on 1st March, 2017 which restrict Government to reimburse full fares under dynamic scheme along with the date and number of notification?

ANSWER

Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office. (DR. JITENDRA SINGH)

(a) to (d) : After introduction of dynamic fare scheme by Indian Railways with effect from September, 2016, the matter is under active examination in consultation with Department of Expenditure to extend suitable dispensation to Central Government employees on LTC.

Source:Rajya sabha Q and A

DA HIKE FROM JANUARY 2017 -FINMIN ORDER

No. 1/3/2017-E-II(8)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 30th March, 2017.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Grant of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees - Revised Rates effective from 1.1.2017.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s Office Memorandum No. 1/2/2016-E-II(8) dated 4th November, 2016 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Central Government employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 2% to 4% of the basic pay with effect from 1st January, 2017.

2. The term ‘basic pay’ in the revised pay structure means the pay drawn in the prescribed Level in the Pay Matrix as per 7th CPC recommendations accepted by the Government, but does not include any other type of pay like special pay, etc.

3. The Dearness Allowance will continue to be a distinct element of remuneration and will not be treated as pay within the ambit of FR 9(21).

4. The payment on account of Dearness Allowance involving fractions of 50 paise and above may be rounded to the next higher rupee and the fractions of less than 50 paise may be ignored.

5. The payment of arrears of Dearness Allowance shall not be made before the date of disbursement of Salary of March, 2017.

6. These orders shall also apply to the civilian employees paid from the Defence Services Estimates and the expenditure will be chargeable to the relevant head of the Defence Services Estimates. In respect of Armed Forces personnel and Railway employees, separate orders will be issued by the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Railways, respectively.

7. In so far as the employees working in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders are issued with the concurrence of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

(Nirmla Dev)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

Source: http://finmin.nic.in/the_ministry/dept_expenditure/notification/da/DA01012017E.pdf

Filing of assets details by Government officials

The Section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 requiring declaration of assets and liabilities in respect of public servants, their spouses and dependent children has been amended by the Lokpal and Lokayuktas (Amendment) Act, 2016 on 29.07.2016.

The Amended Act shall be deemed to have come into force on 16.01.2014. The amended Section 44 reads as:

“44. On and from the date of commencement of this Act, every public servant shall make a declaration of his assets and liabilities in such form and manner as may be prescribed”.

The Government had introduced the Lokpal & Lokayuktas and other related Law (Amendment) Bill 2014, which inter-alia proposes to amend certain provisions of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 so as to provide for situations where the composition of the Selection Committee is deficient/incomplete due to absence of Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, etc.

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri A. Vijayakumar in the Rajya Sabha today.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0

Validity of Self Attested affidavits

The second Administrative Reforms Commission in its 4th Report titled ‘Ethics in Governance’ and 12th Report titled ‘Citizen Centric Governance’ had stressed on the need for simplification of Government procedures.  As a part of simplification, the State Government of Punjab in the year 2009-10 decided to do away with the practice of submitting of affidavits and also allowing of self-attestation of copies of certificates for small level Government jobs.

 However, this decision did not have any bearing on the requirement of submission of affidavits in the Courts as per the law. This initiative of State Government of Punjab had won the Prime Minister’s Civil Services Award.  As the part of replication of the aforesaid initiative, the Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances has been requesting on a regular basis the Central Ministries/ Departments and the State/UT Governments to adopt the similar procedure. This is a continuous process.

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Mahesh Poddar in the Rajya Sabha today.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

7th Pay Commission: No consensus reached between Committee on Allowances and central govt employees’ unions; HRA to be finalised in next meeting

New Delhi, Mar 29: The Committee on Allowances held a meeting with representatives of the central government employees’ unions on higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission on Tuesday, but no consensus could be reached. During the meeting, central government employees expressed concern over the delay in finalising report of the Committee on Allowances on higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commision.

The employee representatives sought an early finalisation of allowance panel report. In the next meeting, the issues of the house rent allowance (HRA) will also be finalised.

The Committee on Allowances also sought comments from the ministries of defence, railways and posts on treatment of 14 allowances under the 7th Pay Commission. The high-level committee will finalise its report on payment of allowances to 47 lakh government employees after receiving comments from ministries. These 14 allowances had not been factored in previously and the concerned ministries have been asked to give their views on what is to be done with them, reported PTI.

The government is keen to give out the revised allowances from the fiscal year beginning April 1 but will take a call on payment of arrears in case the rollout is delayed. The government is waiting for the report of the Committee on Allowances. The panel will hold another meeting with the representatives of the central government employees’ unions and discuss the 7th pay commission recommendation of reducing the HRA to 24 per cent of basic pay as against the 30 per cent of basic pay employees were drawing under the Sixth Pay Commission.

The 7th Pay Commission had recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming of 37 others out of 196 allowances. The 7th Pay Commission had recommended abolition of or subsuming of allowances like acting, assisting cashier, cycle, condiment, flying squad, haircutting, rajbhasha, rajdhani, robe, shoe, shorthand, soap, spectacle, uniform, vigilance and washing.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley constituted the Committee on Allowances under Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa in June last year after the government implemented the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission.

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Retirement Facilities for Employees Resigned from CPSEs

Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) issued OM No. W-02/0017/2014-DPE(WC) dated 01.02.2017 clarifying the term “technical formality clause” as mentioned in point xvi) of OM No. W-02/0017/2014-DPE (WC) dated 21.05.2014. This has no effect on the provisions of the OM dated 21.05.2014.

In term of para vii) read with para x) of Department of Public Enterprises (DPE)’s OM dated 21.05.2014, any employee resigning from service of CPSEs and joining another CPSE having broadly similar schemes of pension and post superannuation medical benefit the entire amount of employer’s and employee’s contribution along with interest accrued thereon would be transferred to such CPSE. The services rendered in CPSEs prior to resigning would also be counted for the schemes. Thus, these provisions are available even prior to issue of the OM dated 01.02.2017 on ‘Technical formality’.

This information was given by Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Shri Babul Supriyo in reply to a written question in the Rajya Sabha today.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0

PF Account Portability

The Universal Account Number (UAN) provides portability for the employees covered under the Employees’ Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions (EPF & MP) Act, 1952. It enables portability of Provident Fund (PF) accumulation when the details of Bank Account, Aadhaar and Permanent Account Number (PAN) seeded in UAN database of the member and are verified by employer on change of job.

The total number of UAN seeded with Aadhaar and are portable are 25,70,274

As per para 72(6) of the Employees’ Provident Funds (EPF) Scheme, 1952, certain amounts are classified as Inoperative Accounts. All such Inoperative Accounts have, however, definite claimants.  As on 31.03.2016, an amount of Rs. 40,865.14 crore had been classified as Inoperative Accounts in Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF).

The following actions have been taken by Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) to facilitate payments from inoperative accounts:

(i)            EPFO has launched a portal namely Inoperative Accounts Online Help Desk to assist the members to identify their inoperative accounts.

(ii)          Awareness campaigns have been undertaken through electronic as well as print media from time to time to educate the members to transfer or withdraw their PF accumulations.


The total amount paid to the beneficiaries from inoperative accounts during the last four years is as under:

Year
Amount settled
(Rs. in crore)
2012-13
2890.40
2013-14
4316.71
2014-15
6491.01
2015-16
5826.89This information was given by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment, in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.
This information was given by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment, in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

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Modernisation of ESIC Hospitals

Modernization of ESIC Hospitals is a continuous process and is being carried out in all ESIC Hospitals. Under its reform agenda ESIC 2.0, ESIC has taken a number of reform initiatives to modernize and improve the condition of Employees' State Insurance (ESI) hospitals, which are to be implemented throughout the country. The details are as under:

§  To make available electronic health records of patients.
§  Up-gradation of dispensaries to 6 bedded hospitals.
§  Day wise change of hospitals bed sheets.
§  24x7 medical helpline
§  Evening OPD for senior Citizen & differently abled patients.
§  Cancer detection/ treatment facilities.
§  Cardiology treatment facilities.
§  Dialysis facilities.
§  OPD registration through mobile phones.
§  Behavioural training to the staff.
§  May I help you’ facility for Patients/Attendants.
§  Feedback system for indoor patients.
§  Proper attractive signage.
§  Complete immunization facilities.
§  Facility of Yoga.
§  Telemedicine facilities.
§  Ayush facilities.

This information was given by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment, in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

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Expansion of ESI Hospital Services

The Employees' State Insurance (ESI) Corporation has taken a number of reform initiatives to expand the services of ESI Hospitals in the country. The ESI Corporation in its 167th meeting decided to establish ESI hospitals and dispensaries based on geographical necessity i.e. the health facility should be created not based on the present Insured Persons' population but on the basis of projected population of the Insured Persons after a period of three years for dispensaries and five years for hospitals. Also, ESI Corporation has accepted the recommendation of 46th Indian Labour Conference to upgrade its dispensaries into 6 and 30 bedded hospitals in phased manner.

This information was given by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment, in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0
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Backlog Vacancies -PIB NEWS


As per information provided by 10 major Ministries/Departments including Public Sector Banks/Financial Institutions, Central Public Sector Undertakings etc., 28,713 vacancies remained unfilled as on 31.12.2016, which comes to about 31% of 92,589 backlog vacancies reserved for Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs).

The Government had constituted a Committee under the Chairmanship of the then Secretary, Department of Social Justice and Empowerment to make an analysis of the reasons for non-filling up of reserved vacancies and to suggest remedial measures. Based on the recommendations of this Committee, Department of Personnel and Training issued instructions in November/December, 2014 to all Ministries/Departments to constitute in-house Committee to identify backlog reserved vacancies, study of the root cause of backlog reserved vacancies, initiation of measures to remove such factors and to fill up the backlog reserved vacancies.

Various Ministries/Departments have constituted in-house committee and initiated action for filling up of reserved vacancies.

Department of Personnel and Training monitors the progress in filling up of reserved category vacancies for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes with 10 Ministries/Departments having majority of the employees in Central Government. Six meetings were held in this regard.

The total number of backlog reserved category vacancies is 28,713 in respect of those 10 Ministries/Departments.

As per information provided by those 10 Ministries/Departments, 20,975 vacancies for Scheduled Castes, 15,874 vacancies for Scheduled Tribes and 27,027 vacancies for Other Backward Classes have been filled up during the period 01.04.2012 to 31.12.2016.

These 10 Ministries/Departments have been requested to take expeditious action with regard to the unfilled reserved backlog vacancies.

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shrimati Neelam Sonker and Shri Dushyant Chautala in the Lok Sabha today.

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Concession in Online Booking of Rail Tickets

Indian Railways provide the online concessional fare ticket booking facility to senior citizens, physically challenged and accredited press correspondents. Further expansion to include remaining categories eligible for concession in rail fare for online ticket booking facility is a continuous and ongoing process.

With a view to promoting online booking of tickets and payment through digital modes, service charge on e-ticket which was `20/- for Sleeper (SL) & Reserved Second Class (2S) and `40/- for all other classes has now been withdrawn for the tickets booked from 23.11.2016 to 31.03.2017.

   This Press Release is based on the information given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 29.03.2017 (Wednesday).

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Minutes of the meeting of the Committee to suggest measures for streamlining implementation of the NPS

No.57/1/2016-P&PW(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG and Pensions
Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare

3rdFloor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi
Dated the 23rd March, 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Minutes of the meeting of the Committee to suggest measures for streamlining implementation of the National Pension System (NPS) held on 17.03.2017 -reg.

The minutes of the meeting of the Committee to suggest measures for streamlining implementation of the National Pension System (NPS) held under the Chairmanship of Secretary (Pension) on 17.03.2017 at Sardar Patel Bhawan, New Delhi is hereby forwarded for information and further necessary action.

(Harjit Singh)
Director

Encl. as above.

Minutes of the Meeting of the Committee to suggest measures for streamlining implementation of the National Pension System (NPS) held on 17.03.2017 at Sardar Patel Bhawan, New Delhi

A meeting of the Committee to suggest measures for streamlining the implementation of the National Pension System was held under the Chairmanship of Shri C. Viswanath, Secretary (Pension) on 17.03.2017 at Sardar Patel Bhawan, New Delhi with JCM ( Staff side). The following were present:

Official side

1. Ms. Vandana Sharma, Additional Secretary (Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare).

2. Shri Gyanendra Tripathi, Joint Secretary, Department of Personnel & Training (representing Secretary DoPT).

3. Shri G.S. Yadav, Joint Secretary and Legal Advisor, Department of Legal Affairs).

4. Shri Amar Nath Singh, Director, Department of Expenditure (representing JS (Pers), Deptt. Of Expenditure).

5. Dr. B. S. Bhandari, Member, Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority.

6. Shri Pravesh Kumar, DGM, PFRDA.

JCM (Staff Side)
7. Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra, Secretary, Staff Side (JCM),

8. Shri M. Raghavaiah, Leader(JCM Staff Side) & General Secretary, NFIR

9. Shri Guman Singh, President, NFIR

10. Shri K.K. N. Kutty, President, Confederation of CG employees & Workers

11. Shri C. Srikumar, General Secretary/AIDEF, Member National Council, JCM

12. Shri R. Srinivasan, General Secretary, INDWF, Member, National Council (JCM).

2. Additional Secretary (Pension) made a brief presentation on the recommendation of the 7th CPC and the decision of the Government on setting up of the Committee, composition of the Committee, formation of three Sub Committees and issues being considered by each of the Sub Committee. The presentation also brought out the issues raised and suggestion made by the employees’ Associations and other stakeholders for streamlining the implementation of NPS.

3. Thereafter, JCM (Staff side) made following observations / suggestion :

• NPS amounts to discrimination between employees appointed before and after 01.01.2004 and also between service personnel and civilian employees within Defence Department. Personnel retiring with less service period are getting very little pension with no revision linked to price index. Government employees should be excluded from the purview of NPS. In case, however, it minimum was not possible to exempt the Government employees from the NPS, a pension @ 50% of the last pay drawn with dearness relief may be ensured to all NPS employees on their retirement.

In the Defence Department, the contributions of around 250 employees have not been credited to their NPS accounts and are presumed to be lying in suspense account. The matter should be looked into.

There is lot of confusion over NPS among employees due to deficiencies in communication of information. Employees are not getting any statement of their deductions /accumulated fund. The statement of transaction i.e. details of contribution made by employees, matching contribution from the Government and the accumulated wealth as on date should be communicated to employees at regular intervals. This may be provided in the form of passbook to the employees in physical form.

Employees should be made aware about the grievance mechanism available under NPS and the authorities whom they could approach for redressal of their grievances. Employees should be made aware of the procedure for correction of Name, address and contact details etc. in the NPS account.

Rules on entitlements to employees / family on death or disability of an employee covered under NPS may be framed. There may be no objection to option to the employee / family to get family pension / disability pension under the old pension scheme or the benefits under NPS, in the event of death / disability of the employee during service.

Study on International practices on the pension should be done and functional difficulties in NPS may be sorted out. Best practices should be adopted after the study.

4.Secretary ( Pension) assured that the concern raised by the JCM (Staff side) would be duly considered and addressed in the report of the Committee.

5. The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chair.

Source:AIRF

IMPORTANT MACP NEWS

VERY IMPORTANT JUDGEMENT
FROM HON'BLE HIGH COURT OF MADRAS

IMPLEMENTATION OF MACP RETROSPECTIVELY W.E.F. 01-09-2008 AND DENYING PROMOTIONAL HIERARCHY UNDER ACP FOR THOSE WHO HAVE COMPLETED REQUIRED SERVICE DURING THE PERIOD BETWEEN 01-09-2009 TO 19-05-2009 HELD NOT LEGAL    

 JUDGEMENT COPY
Source:http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/
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Field offices of EPFO directed to settle claims in cases of deaths within seven days of receipt of such claims

The field offices of Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) have been directed to settle claims in cases of deaths within seven days of receipt of such claims. As per paragraph 72(7) of the Employees’ Provident Funds (EPF) Scheme, 1952, the claim complete in all respects submitted along with the requisite documents shall be settled and benefit amount paid to the beneficiaries within 20 days from the date of its receipt by the Commissioner.

Public Relations Officer and officials in the Facilitation Centres of EPFO have been instructed to scrutinise the claim forms received in respect of death cases and guide the claimants for submission of all required documents in one go only. An official has been specially earmarked to handle such claims. Regional Provident Fund Commissioners have been directed to personally monitor the death cases on day-to-day basis.

This information was given by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment, in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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Filling up Vacant Posts of Science Teachers

Universities are Autonomous Bodies created either under Central Acts or the State Acts and the onus of filling up of vacant teaching posts in these Universities and their affiliated Colleges lies with them. However, to ensure regular filling up of vacant posts in the Universities and their affiliated colleges, the following steps have been taken:

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued Regulations on Minimum Qualifications for Appointment of Teachers and Other Academic Staff in Universities and Colleges and Measures for the Maintenance of Standards in Higher Education, 2010. Para 12.2 of the Regulations mandates that all the sanctioned / approved posts in the University system shall be filled up on an urgent basis.

In order to meet the situation arising out of shortage of teachers in Universities and other teaching institutions and the consequent vacant positions therein, the age of superannuation for teachers in Central Educational Institutions has already been enhanced to sixty five years.

The Central Universities are permitted to recruit Ad-hoc/Guest Faculty/Re-employed/Contract Faculty against vacant positions, from time to time, depending upon their operational requirements to the extent of 10% as per UGC regulations.

UGC has requested all Vice Chancellors of Central Universities, State Universities and Deemed to be Universities in November, 2014 to make a serious effort to ensure that all vacant positions are filled by the University at the earliest. Filling up of teaching positions was also discussed in the Conference of Vice-Chancellors of the Central Universities held on 4th -5th February, 2015, Visitor’s Conferences on 4th -6th November, 2015 and 16th -18th November, 2016 which were chaired by the Hon’ble President.

This information was given by the Minister of State (HRD), Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey today in a written reply to a Lok Sabha question.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Reservation to SC, ST is Provided in the Matter of Promotion

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 3227
ANSWERED ON: 22.03.2017

Promotion to Reserved Category

KAUSHAL KISHORE
Will the Minister of

PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the non-gazetted employees belonging to the SC/ST categories working with the Central Government and the autonomous institutions are not given promotion as per the reservation guidelines;

(b) if so, the reasons therefor;

(c) whether a number of proposals for amendments in the rules for promotion are under consideration of the Government; and

(d) if so, the details thereof and the reaction of the Government thereto?

ANSWER
Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office. (DR. JITENDRA SINGH)

(a) & (b): As per extant instructions, reservation to the members of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes is provided in the matter of promotion when promotion is made: (a) through Limited Departmental Competitive Examination in Group B, Group C and Group D posts; (b) by selection from Group B post to a Group A post or in Group B, Group C and Group D posts; and (c) by non-selection in Group A, Group B, Group C and Group D posts. Reservation in all the above cases is given at the rate of 15 per cent for the Scheduled Castes and 7.5 per cent for the Scheduled Tribes. However, reservation in promotion is not given in the grades in which the element of direct recruitment, if any, exceeds 75 per cent.

As per extant instructions, Autonomous Bodies/Institutions including Municipal Corporations, Cooperative Institutions etc. under the administrative control of the Central Government also provide reservation for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in their services on the lines of the reservations in services under Central Government.

However, as desired by the Honble Supreme Court in Contempt Petition No.314/2016, conveyed to the Law Officer and intimated by him, instructions in pursuance were issued by Department of Personnel and Training on 30.9.2016 not to rely upon Office Memorandum of 10.08.2010 for implementation of own merit concept in promotion for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. Due to this, there may be administrative difficulties while considering cases for promotion of employees, including SCs and STs, where selections in promotion have already been made on own merit or are to be made by applying own merit by the concerned cadre controlling authority.

(c): No, Madam.

(d): Does not arise in view of reply given to Part (c) above.

Source : Rajya Sabha

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Does the Allowance Committee adopt any lackadaisical approach in its work?

As of now, the Allowance Committee Report is the most expected report by Central Government Staffs.

The Federation Leaders have lost their Grip over Government to settle their demands. The Federations have erred by accepting the Government decision to constitute Committee to examine Allowances. They however should have insisted Government to implement the 7th CPC Recommendations before constituting committee for Allowances.

It seems that the delay in submitting Allowance Committee Report is merely an unwanted procrastination.

That is why question was raised in Parliament that if any steps taken to ensure that the committee does not adopt any lackadaisical approach to complete its work. [See the Question and Answer regarding Allowance Committee]

The question itself has raised many questions about the interest of the Government to settle the heart burning issue’s of CG staff.

The Federation leaders those who are attending the Allowance Committee meeting used to say their cadres that the committee is not ready to decide anything on their own. The members of the committee were always telling that your views are taken and it would be conveyed to Government. They are not even ready to express their opinion about the Federation Demands.

Due to this mess up central government employees are loosing considerable amount of money they entitled to get from Allowances from 1.1.2016.

Source:http://govtstaffnews.in/allowance-committee-adopt-lackadaisical-approach-work/

Saturday, March 25, 2017

7th Pay Commission: Government likely to make higher allowances effective from April 1, next fiscal year

New Delhi, March 25: The higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission for which the central government employees are eagerly waiting is likely to be implemented from April 1, next fiscal year, a government official was quoted by The Sen Times on condition of anonymity. The report also says that the government employees, for sure will get higher allowances under the new pay scale but didn’t mention the exact

A source from Finance Ministry quoted by the ‘Committee on Allowances’, said a meeting will be held next week with members of the allowance committee on 7th Pay Commission. Also, Shiv Gopal Mishra, the convenor of National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) confirmed the same.

Shiv Gopal Mishra also added that the Ashok Lavasa committee, which is looking into 7th Pay Commission and allowances may submit their reports after having a discussion with employee representatives. Also Read – 7th Pay Commission: Committee on Allowances yet to submit report on higher allowances, next meeting on March 28

Earlier this month, Arjun Ram Meghwal, Minister of State for Finance had clarified that the allowance committee on 7th Pay Commission has not yet submitted its report. The minister also said that they will decide on the implementation of Higher allowances after the report is submitted by the committee. The NJCA is one of the most powerful joint body of unions representing central government employees.

Also, the NJCA under the leadership of Shiv Gopal Mishra is likely to hold discussions with another panel that is looking into NPS or National Pension Scheme. The Union Government has also constituted a separate committee for suggesting measures for streamlining the implementation of National Pension Scheme.

Last year in June, the union government had accepted the recommendation of Justice AK Mathur-led 7th Pay Commission in respect to the hike in basic pay and pension. But issues related to higher allowances were referred to the Ashok Lavasa committee. In last six months, the 7th Pay Commission had also examined a total of 196 existing allowances and recommended the abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming of 37 allowances.

On the other side, the employee unions have demanded their HRA (House Rent Allowance) at the rate of 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent. However, the panel had recommended that the HRA be paid at the rate of 24 per cent, 16 per cent and 8 per cent of the new basic pay, depending on the type of cities where government employees live.

When DA (Dearness Allowances) crosses 50 per cent, the 7CPC had also recommended that the rate of HRA be revised to 27 per cent, 18 per cent and 9 per cent and further revised to 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent when DA crosses 100 per cent.

Read at:http://www.india.com/news/india/7th-pay-commission-government-likely-to-make-higher-allowances-effective-from-april-1-next-fiscal-year-1961255/

7TH CPC ALLOWANCE COMMITTEE HAS ALREADY HELD 13 MEETINGS AND IT IS IN FINAL STAGE-MINISTER

“The Committee on Allowances has been constituted vide order dated 22.07.2016. The Committee is to examine and make recommendations as to whether any changes in the recommendations of the 7th CPC relating to allowances are warranted and if so, in what form.

The Committee has received a large number of demands on allowances and even now receives demands in this regards. All the demands have been diligently examined. The Committee has already held 13 meetings so far and interacted with the representatives of Central Nodal Ministries, National Council (Staff Side), Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) and officers and representatives of employee associations of Ministry of Health and Family welfare, Home Affairs, Railways, Defence and Department of Posts.

The Committee has taken more time than was initially prescribed in view of the large number of demands received. The Committee is now in the process of finalizing its Report.
Decisions on implementing the Report will be taken after the Report is submitted by the Committee.”

Source: Lok Sabha

Decision on 7th CPC allowances – Deep sense of frustration among employees

Delaying 7th CPC allowances announcement will cause deep sense of frustration among Central Government employees.

“Reports indicate that the Government might take more time to announce its decisions regarding the Ashok Lavasa Committee’s report on allowances that were prescribed by the Seventh Pay Commission”

The Committee on Allowances was formed under the leadership of Ashok Lavasa in July 2016 to review the recommendations on allowances by the 7th CPC. The committee was initially given 4 months period to submit its report to Finance Ministry.

Later, citing the stagnation that resulted due to demonetization, the Finance Ministry extended the period for submitting the report to 22nd Feb 2017.

Replying to a question in the Parliament, Central Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal said, on March 10, that the Allowance Committee has not yet submitted its report and that the government will immediately announce its decisions on the report as soon as it is received. He added that the committee is in the last leg of preparing its reports and that it would be submitted to the government very soon. And again, the DoPT Minister said the same statement in the Lok Sabha on 22nd March 2017.

Previously, it was said that the government will announce its decision as soon as the assembly elections in the five states concluded. Also, announcements were expected in Arun Jaitley’s budget speech in the Parliament. BJP’s win in the elections is now believed to be the reason behind a dramatic change in the situation.

As far as the Central Government employees are concerned, those living in the accommodations provided by the government are not bothered by the House Rent Allowance because the government doesn’t pay them any House Rent Allowance. Moreover, most higher officials stay in government accommodations.

Decisions on allowances offered to the armed forces are of special significance.

More than 50 lakh employees are hoping that the Centre will implement the revised allowances from April 1 onwards.

Source:http://7thpaycommissionnews.in/decision-on-7th-cpc-allowances-deep-sense-of-frustration-among-employees/

Friday, March 24, 2017

One Rank One Pension Scheme

Around 3200 representations for addressing the anomalies on One Rank One Pension (OROP) were received from individuals / Associations which were examined and issues referred to the Judicial Committee on OROP for its recommendations.  The Committee has submitted its report on 26.10.2016.

Pension Grievances Cell in the Department is receiving grievances of the pensioners / family pensioners regarding non-payment of OROP benefits and taking up the matter with the concerned offices e.g. Controller General of defence Accounts (CGDA), Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pension) and Pension Disbursing Agencies (Banks) for redressal of their grievances in a time-bound manner. Service Headquarters and CGDA also have dedicated grievances Directorates / Cells for redressal of the grievances of Ex-Servicemen.  Disposal of the grievance is monitored at the highest level in the Government.

Annual Financial implication on account of grant of OROP is estimated at Rs. 7,488.70 Crore and Rs. 10,925.11 Crore towards arrears for the period of 01.07.2014 to 31.12.2015.

The status of payment to the Defence Forces Pensioners / Family Pensioners on account of implementation of OROP order, as on 27.02.2017 are as under:-
No. of cases paid (1stinstalment and lump sum payments)

Amount disbursed
(Rs. in crore)
No. of cases paid 2nd instalment
Amount disbursed
(Rs. in crore)
19,93,815
4,076.95
15,57,950
2,298.21
As per Government order dated 07.11.2015 on OROP, the pension would be re-fixed every 5 years.

Personnel who opt to get discharged after 07.11.2015 on their own request under Rule 13(3)1(i)(b), 13(3)1(iv) or Rule 16B of the Army Rule 1954 or equivalent Navy or Air Force Rules will not be entitled to the benefits of OROP.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Mullappally Ramachandran and others in Lok Sabha today.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0

Thursday, March 23, 2017

7TH CPC ALLOWANCES,MINIMUM PAY MAY HIKED IN RESULT OF STRIKE FOR CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.

AFTER ONE DAY STRIKE CENTRAL EMPLOYEES 7TH CPC MINIMUM PAY AND ALLOWANCES MAY GET HIKED?

One of the biggest expectations among central employees is dearness allowance. The govt announced the 2% DA hike from 01/01/2017. In March salary employees will receive hiked DA and the balance arrears will be paid later in the midst of April.

But regarding house rent allowance and other allowances till date govt didn’t take any decision.The central minister replies to a question raised in Lok sabha about allowances he replied that the high-level committee has not yet submitted reports to the government. This was the latest news of all allowances.

On 16/03/2017 most of the federation decided to do one day strike to force the govt to finalize against their charter of demands which includes minimum wage increase,fitment factors, all allowances and scrap new pension scheme etc.

Actually, the strike news was ignored by most of the media so the impact of strike work will not bring any favor to the employees. The central government did not take much effort to stop the strike. More than 10 lakhs employees participated in this strike. Defense civilian employees and railway employees did not get involved in the strike work but they organized Dharnas in front of the office and the factory.

Most of the employees felt that July 11th indefinite strike must have began and force the govt to decide on demands. If that happened minimum wages may get hiked and allowances will also be implemented as per 7th cpc recommendations .

Five states assembly election results are also in favor to govt. So govt thinks the way govt moves is right.However final decisions is in govt hands. Struggling and agitations will not make any changes. So NC JCM and NJCA should get an appointment voluntarily to discuss the matters of central employees wages and allowances and try to find a decent agreement. Already fifteen months have been passed from the date of 7th CPC implementation. To minimize the recurring loss of employees, union leaders must take all initiatives to get maximum benefits for employees.

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Pay revision ‘letter’ goes viral

The Defence Ministry said here on Wednesday that a letter in circulation since Tuesday on the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations for the armed forces was fake.

The letter follows a pattern of false communication on social media in recent times on the pay commission and one rank, one pension.

With the subject line “Revised scale of pay in 7th CPC”, the letter said: “It is submitted that the JCM proposal has been approved by the Cabinet on March 16, 2017 with the conditions placed by the commission. But the same is not included for defence employees (combatant).”

It further stated that during the Cabinet meeting on March 16, the proposal was approved and it would be implemented with effect from April 1.

The origin of the letter remains unknown, but it went viral among military and veteran groups on social media.

‘Makes no sense’

Defence Ministry spokesperson Nitin Wakankar said the letter was fake. A defence source said the contents did not make any sense in the first place.

“This is a fake, planted one to create unrest among the ranks so that an odd revolt type situation will force the Army to accept the recommendations as they are,” another official said.

A few weeks ago, a message on WhatsApp went viral among military personnel, promising better salaries.

When the OROP protest flared last year, similar communication created confusion.

While the Seventh Pay Commission’s recommendations have been implemented for civilian staff, it is yet to be implemented for the services because of some core anomalies pointed out by them.

Read at:http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/pay-revision-letter-goes-viral/article17591630.ece
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7th Pay Commission: Can Narendra Modi government gift you higher allowances from April?

All hope may not be lost for Central government employees who were expecting the government to make an announcement on higher allowances under the Seventh Pay Commission after the election season.

According to some media reports, the Committee on Allowances headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa may submit its report before the end of this month, giving a glimmer of hope to employees who can expect to get revised allowances from April.

The Committee on Allowances missed its earlier February 22 deadline for submitting its review report on the recommendations by the Seventh Pay Commission on allowances.

HERE IS ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COMMITTEE ON ALLOWANCES:

1. Replying to a question on Seventh Pay Commission in Lok Sabha on March 10, Minister of State for Finance Arjun Ram Meghwal had said the committee on higher allowances was yet to submit its report. The minister, however, added that deliberations with the committee were in the final stage.

2. The Committee on Allowances was formed in July last year after government employees protested against the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission. The commission had recommended scrapping 53 of the 196 allowances for government employees and also suggested merging a few others.

3. The Ashok Lavasa-led committee was given four months' time to submit its review report on the recommendations made by the Seventh Pay Commission. The deadline for report submission was later extended to February 22, 2017.

4. Allowances form a significant part of a government employee's salary and the delay in announcement on a proposed hike has led to growing resentment among nearly 50 lakh employees.

5. It was believed that once the model code of conduct was lifted following the end of the elections in five states, the government would soon make an announcement on higher allowances.

6. The second part of the Budget session is still on and the Committee on Allowances, as per some media reports, is expected to submit its report before the end of March. If the recommendations are implemented by month-end, employees can expect to get revised salaries from April.

7. Among allowances, the Lavasa committee's recommendation on house rent allowance will be most-closely followed. HRA is one of the fatter allowances that employees get and the Seventh Pay Commission had recommended reducing it by 2-6 per cent depending on type of cities.

8. If reports are to be believed, the Committee on Allowances is likely to recommend no changes in HRA, keeping them as they were under the Sixth Pay Commission at 10, 20 and 30 per cent for different tiers of cities.

Read at:http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/7th-pay-commission-narendra-modi-giving-higher-allowances-from-april/1/909377.html

7th Pay Commission: Allowance Committee Likely To Hold Talks With Union Officials Soon

The government had in June accepted the recommendation of Justice AK Mathur-headed Seventh Pay Commission in respect of the hike in basic pay and pension but its suggestions relating to allowances were referred to the Ashok Lavasa committee.

The allowance committee on 7th Pay Commission is likely to hold a meeting with employee representatives later this month, Shiv Gopal Mishra, the convenor of National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) told NDTV. After further talks with employee representatives, the 7th Pay Commission allowance panel may submit its report to the government, he added. Minister of State for Finance Arjun Ram Meghwal had earlier clarified that the allowance committee on 7th Pay Commission has not yet submitted its report. The minister said the government will decide on the implementation after the report is submitted by the committee.

Mr Mishra also said that the employee representatives recently held a meeting with another panel that is looking into NPS or National Pension Scheme. The government had in June accepted the recommendation of Justice AK Mathur-headed Seventh Pay Commission in respect of the hike in basic pay and pension but its suggestions relating to allowances were referred to the Ashok Lavasa committee. The 7th pay commission had examined a total of 196 existing allowances and, by way of rationalisation, recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming of 37 allowances. The Union Cabinet had also constituted a separate committee for suggesting measures for streamlining the implementation of National Pension System (NPS).

As regards allowances, the unions have demanded HRA (house rent allowance) at the rate of 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent. The Seventh Pay Commission had recommended that HRA be paid at the rate of 24 per cent, 16 per cent and 8 per cent of the new basic pay, depending on type of cities.

The 7th Pay Commission had also recommended that the rate of HRA be revised to 27 per cent, 18 per cent and 9 per cent, respectively when DA crosses 50 per cent, and further revised to 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent when DA crosses 100 per cent.

The National Joint Council of Action or NJCA is a joint body of unions representing central government employees.

Read at:http://profit.ndtv.com/news/your-money/article-7th-pay-commission-allowance-committee-likely-to-hold-talks-with-union-officials-soon-1672703

Implementation of creamy layer criteria

In case of recommendation of name of a candidate by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for service allocation, the candidate is considered for allocation to one of those services by the Government for which he has indicated his preference subject to fulfilment of other conditions like Medical fitness, eligibility for availing reservation as per Civil Services Examination Rules and extant instructions on the subject. Further, vacancies reserved for Other Backward Classes (OBC) candidates are filled by the candidates eligible for availing OBC (Non Creamy Layer) reservation.

The Supreme Court of India in the Indra Sawhney judgement referred to ‘creamy’ layer as those sections or identified groups among the backward classes who are excluded from the purview of reservation. Further, the criterion for determining creamy layer amongst OBCs is provided in the Schedule to the OM dated 08.09.1993. For Category VI of the aforesaid Schedule, wherein Income/Wealth Test for determination of creamy layer has been prescribed, the income ceiling is revised from time to time. The current income ceiling for that purpose is Rs 6 Lakh per annum, as stipulated in DoPT OM dated 27.05.2013.

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Devender Goud T. in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Maternity Leave in Private Sector

Maternity benefits to workers in the private sector are regulated under Employees’ State Insurance (ESI) Act, 1948 and Maternity Benefit (MB) Act, 1961. The Government has already enhanced paid maternity leave from 12 weeks to 26 weeks for up to two surviving children under the ESI Act,1948 vide notification dated 20.01.2017. So far as enhanced benefits under MB Act, 1961 are concerned, the Government introduced Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 before Rajya Sabha. The said Bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha on 11.08.2016 and Lok Sabha has also passed the Bill with some amendments on 09.03.2017.

Both the Acts provide for protection of rights of working women through robust and proper mechanism including inspections by the field officers. The Acts provide for stringent penalties, including imprisonment, for violations of its provisions to ensure proper implementation.

This information was given by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment,in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

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EPFO Invest more than Rs. 18 crore in ETFs

Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) is investing in Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) based on Nifty 50, Sensex and Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSE) Indices. EPFO does not invest in shares and equities of individual companies.

The total amount invested by EPFO in ETFs as on 28th February, 2017 is as under:

(i) Nifty 50 and Sensex Index based ETFs: Rs. 17,105 crore

(ii) CPSE Index based ETF: Rs. 1,504 crore.

The Employees’ Provident Funds & Miscellaneous Provisions (EPF & MP) Act, 1952 is applicable to every establishment employing 20 or more persons which is either a factory engaged in any industry specified in Schedule–I of the Act or an establishment to which the Act has been made applicable by the Central Government by notification in the Official Gazette.

An Employees’ Enrolment Campaign, 2017 has been launched for the period 01.01.2017 to 31.03.2017 to bring in more workers under the ambit of EPFO. Under the campaign, an employer, whether already covered or yet to be covered, can enroll employees who remained un-enrolled for any reason between 01.04.2009 and 31.12.2016 by making a declaration of such employees during the campaign period. Such declaration shall be valid only in respect of employees who are alive as on 1st January, 2017 and no proceedings under Section 7A of the EPF & MP Act, 1952 or under paragraph 26B of the Employees’ Provident Funds (EPF) Scheme, 1952 or under paragraph 8 of the Employees’ Pension Scheme (EPS), 1995 have been initiated against their establishment or employer, as the case may be, to determine the eligibility for membership of such employees.

This information was given by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment,in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

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Credit Linked Interest Subsidy scheme for tax paying Middle Classes made effective from January 1 this year


Those sanctioned house loans and applied for since January 1steligible for interest subsidy of up to Rs.2.35 lakh each 

Aspirational  unmarried earning adults of a family made eligible for subsidy linked 20 year  loans

Repurchase besides construction of new house permitted

Guidelines for CLSS-MIG released by Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu

EMI for MIG beneficiaries will come down by over  Rs.2,000 per month, says NHB Chief

Loan tenure of  CLSS for EWS and LIG also increased to 20 years from 15 years to enable easy repayment

Housing for All mission now covers people with income of up to Rs.18 lakh per year in urban areas

70 Lending Institutions sign MoUs with National Housing Bank for implementation of CLSS-MIG

            The window of fulfilling the aspiration of owning a pucca house for the tax paying large middle class population, announced by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in his address to the Nation on December 31st last year has been made operational from the next day i.e January 1st this year. This interest subsidy scheme has been named as ‘Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme for Middle Income Groups – CLSS(MIG)’.

            Operational Guidelines for CLSS(MIG) to this effect have been released here today  by Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu.

            Middle Income Groups (MIG) with annual incomes of above Rs.6.00 lakhs and up to Rs.18.00 lakhs per year are eligible for interest subsidy on housing loans under the new CLSS(MIG). Those who have been sanctioned housing loans and whose applications are under consideration since January first this year are also eligible for interest subsidy.

            Speaking on the occasion, Shri Naidu said that Middle Income Groups make substantial contribution to the economic growth of the country besides paying taxes and deserved support to fulfill the dream of owning a house which is a basic and genuine aspiration. He further said that large scale incentivisation of affordable housing will boost real estate sector resulting in employment generation as well. He urged the banks and other lending institution to adopt a pro-active approach to reach the benefits to MIG people.

            Minister of State for HUPA Rao Inderjit Singh said Housing for All Mission is the most important initiatives of the Government to ensure a decent house for all by 2022.

            Since the middle income groups are better equipped to take advantage of the interest subsidy scheme in quick time and to enable meeting the Housing for All target by 2022, implementation of CLSS(MIG) is initially envisaged for one year.

            Prime Minister has announced interest subsidy of 4% on housing loans of up to Rs.9.00 lakhs of those with an income of Rs.12.00 lakh per year and of 3% on housing loans of up to Rs.12.00 lakh of those earning Rs.18.00 lakh per year.

            In the Guidelines for CLSS(MIG), the tenure of loan has been stipulated to be 20 years or that preferred by the beneficiary, whichever is lower. The total interest subsidy accruing on these loan amounts will be paid to the beneficiaries up front in one go there by reducing the burden of Equated Monthly Instalment (EMI). The total interest subsidy  to be paid to MIG people on Rs.9.00 loan comes to Rs.2.35 lakh and on a loan of Rs.12.00 lakh, it comes to Rs.2.30 lakh per beneficiary.

            While defining the beneficiary family  as comprising of wife, husband and unmarried daughters and sons, the Guidelines, in an acknowledgement of the aspirations of the youth, have made even unmarried and earning young adults eligible for taking the benefit of interest subsidy under CLSS(MIG), for acquisition/construction of a new house including repurchase.

            Interest subsidy will be provided on loans for construction/acquisition of house with carpet area of 90 sq.mtres by those earning Rs.12.00 lakh per annum and of 110 sq.mt by those earning Rs.18.00 lakh per year.

            Under the Guidelines, preference is to be given to women with overriding preference towidows, single working women, persons belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, Backward Classes, Differently abled and Transgender people.

            Small Finance Banks and Non Banking Finance Company-Micro Finance Institutions also have been recognized to function as Primary Lending Institutions to widen the scope of implementation of CLSS(MIG) in addition to Scheduled Commercial Banks, Housing Finance Companies, Regional Rural Banks, State and Urban Cooperative Banks for accepting applications directly from beneficiaries and advancing loans under the scheme.

            While the new CLSS(MIG) covers people with income of up to Rs.12 lakh and Rs.18 lakh per year, the CLSS component of PMAY(Urban) launched in June, 2015 and applicable to Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) and Low Income Group (LIG) covers urban poor with income levels of Rs.3.00 lakh and Rs.6.00 lakh per year respectively. Under  CLSS(EWS/LIG), interest subsidy of 6.50% is being provided on a loan of up to Rs.6.00 lakh. Tenure of this loan is now increased to 20 years from the earlier  15 years, to enable easy repayments. Total interest subsidy available to each beneficiary under this component is Rs.2.30 lakh.

            Shri Sriram Kalyanaraman, MD and CEO of National Housing Bank informed that interest subsidy of 4% under CLSS(MIG) will bring down Equated Monthly Installment of beneficiaries by Rs.2,062 per month on a housing loan of Rs.9.00 lakhand interest subsidy of 3% will bring down EMI by Rs.2,019 on a loan of Rs.12.00 lakh, taking normal housing loan interest rate as 8.65%.  He further said during 2015-16, against total new bookings of 28.90 lakh units with loans of up to Rs.10 lakhs each, Public Sector Banks and Housing Finance Banks advanced loans of Rs.9.50 lakh crore and accounted for 64% of total bookings.

            70 lending institutions including 45 Housing Finance Companies, 15 scheduled banks, 2 Regional Rural Banks, 1 Cooperative Bank, 4 Small Finance Banks and 3 Non-Banking Finance Companies-Micro Finance Institutions today signed Memoranda of Understanding with National Housing Bank (NHB) today for implementation of CLSS(MIG) component of PMAY(Urban).

            NHB and Housing and Urban Development Corporation(HUDCO) have been designated as Central Nodal Agencies (CAN) for implementation of CLSS for both MIG and EWS/LIG who would reimburse interest subsidy to Primary Lending Institutions (PLIs) based on the loans advanced to beneficiaries by PLIs. PLIs include Scheduled Commercial Banks, Housing Finance Companies, Small Housing Banks, State and Urban Cooperative Banks, Regional Rural Banks and NBFC-MFI.

            Beneficiaries eligible for interest subsidy under CLSS can directly apply to PLIs and PLIs after due verification of applications will sanction loans and there after claim subsidy from CNAs.

            No processing fee will be charged by PLIs from the applicants under CLSS.
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Making Medical Education accessible to all

In case of Government medical colleges, the respective State Governments are responsible for fixation of fees. However, in the case of private unaided medical colleges, the fee structure is decided by a Committee set up by the respective State Governments under the Chairmanship of a retired High Court Judge in pursuance of the directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. It is for the Committee to decide whether the fee hike proposed by an Institute is justified and the fee fixed by the Committee is binding on the Institute.

The following three Centrally Sponsored Schemes are being run by Central Governmentto make medical education accessible to all:

i.    Strengthening/upgradation of State Government Medical Colleges for starting new PG courses/Increase of PG seats with fund sharing between the Central and State Government.

ii.    Establishment of New Medical Colleges by upgrading district/referral hospitals preferably in underserved districts of the country with fund sharing between the Central Government and States.

iii.    Strengthening/ upgradation of existing State Government/Central Government Medical Colleges to increase MBBS seats with fund sharing between the Central Government and States.

With the passage of Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Act, 2016, a uniform entrance examination for admission to Under Graduate and Post Graduate medical courses in the country viz. National Eligibility–cum–Entrance Test (NEET) has been introduced from the Academic Year 2016-17. It would help curb malpractices in medical admissions especially in private medical colleges, will lead to greater transparency and ensure better standards of Medical Education.

Further, Medical Council of India with the prior approval of the Central Government has notified amendment in Graduate Medical Education Regulations, 1997 and Post Graduate Medical Education Regulations, 2000 for prescribing mandatory combined counseling for admission to all UG and PG medical courses.

The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), ShFaggan Singh Kulaste stated this in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha here today.

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Committee on Rank and Pay Parity

The Government has set up a three member Committee of Officers to look into Equivalence between Service Officers and Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service (AFHQ CS) officers.

The Committee is likely to submit its findings by 31st March 2017.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Rajeev Chandra Sekhar in Rajya Sabha today.

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Leakage of Question Papers of Army Recruitment Board

On 26th February, 2017, an incident of leakage of question papers for Common Entrance Examination for recruitment of Other Ranks in Army under Headquarters Recruiting Zone, Pune in the States of Maharashtra and Goa, was reported which led to cancellation of the said examination.  The Government has ordered an enquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation in the matter.

Three (03) persons are in Police custody.

Army has re-sensitized their dealing staff about the need to follow Standard Operating Procedures and have directed them that any violations thereof will be strictly dealt with.  Further, the Government has approved introduction of Online Entrance Examination for recruitment of Other Ranks in Army in 2-3 recruiting zones on a pilot basis.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Anil Desai And Shri Sanjay Raut  in Rajya Sabha today.

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Disability Pension for Soldiers

The 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) recommended the following on disability pension:-
The Commission is of the considered view that the regime implemented post 6th CPC needs to be discontinued, and recommended return to the slab based system.  The slab rates for disability element for 100 percent disability would be as follows:
 
 
Ranks
 
Levels
 
Rate per month (INR)
Service Officers
10  and  above
 
27000
Honorary Commissioned Officers
Subedar Majors / Equivalents
 
6 to 9
 
17000
Subedar / Equivalents
Naib Subedar / Equivalents
Havildar / Equivalents
5 and below
12000
Naik / Equivalents
Sepoy / Equivalents

  The above recommendation has been accepted and Resolution dated 30.09.2016 issued accordingly.
      The 6th CPC dispensation of the calculation of disability element on percentage basis, however, continues for civil side which has resulted in an anomalous situation.  The issue has accordingly been referred to the Anomaly Committee.  The disability element which was being paid as on 31.12.2015 will, however continue to be paid till decision on the recommendations of Anomaly Committee is taken by the Government.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Husain Dalwai in Rajya Sabha today.
NAMPI/ Ranjan

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